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Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute


Multi-scale Spatiotemporal Evaluation of Mitigation Effectiveness in Reducing Natural Hazard Damage and Loss

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Lead Investigators:  Dr. Melanie Gall, C.F.M. (University of South Carolina)

                                       Dr. Carol J. Friedland, P.E., C.F.M., Dr. Robert Rohli, and Dr. Kristopher Mecholsky

                                               (Louisiana State University)

                                       Dr. Timothy Andrew Joyner (East Tennessee State University)

 

Abstract:

The goal of this project is to determine the economic benefit of hazard mitigation projects in the State of Louisiana.  The methodology includes quantification of avoided losses, calculation of loss-avoidance-ratios (LARs) considering performance of mitigation measures for multiple scenarios, and an analysis of the spatiotemporal relationship between direct losses and mitigation spending. The findings are anticipated to assess project impacts, identify gaps in hazard mitigation as well as parishes in need of mitigation projects, and suggest future mitigation priorities.